Identifier

MSS.6.378

Date

6-5-1864

Subjects

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Forrer, Sarah Hastings Howard--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women

Notes

4 pages; note from Samuel Forrer added at end

Transcription

Dayton June 5th 1864 My dear Augusta. I received thine of May 31st yesterday and would have answered it immediately but I went to the new lot and then to call on baby. I found *S.* cleaning house, so I staid to nurse all the afternoon, *S.* said there was no need but I thought I would. And baby was so pleased to be with me. I did not wish to go. She seems very happy and quite at home, and has improved in appearance, Jere told *S.* she ought to have weighed her, that she might see how much she gains. She, indeed, appears much heavier to me. Our little ones at home are well, Robbie sometimes complains of being "tired" but I think it is the heat, and his being so fat. Sella is attending school, regularly now. The few first days of thy absence I did not insist on her going, but allowed her to do as she wished. She is somewhat restless and wishes to visit oftener than we think profitable, but well submit to what we require. And I do not wish thee to be uneasy on her account or on the boys, or mine, I get on very well with them. We are all so anxious about L. that the time seems long between letters and we anxiously look for one which says he is quite out of danger, and we want it "Officially" I, and we all, are anxious about dear Howie, we have heard nothing from him since 21st of May. The Regiment was in Camp near Kingston Georgia. There has been some fighting since, and we wait to hear. Peter Lowe called to say he was going to Washington, and to see if we wished to send anything to thee but it was before thy request came and we only sent a letter. I have a bad headache, and will get Father to finish for me. Much Love to you both from Mother Your Mother has left me nothing to say which can either amuse or interest you. I feel very anxious to say or do something to cheer *M.* Bruen but have so little talent in that way that I may not attempt it. I am glad that Mr. Chase found time and inclination to call on him and especially that he offered him the hospitality of his house - A great many inquiries are made of me as to the condition of the Major. Many from real friends a few perhaps from curiosity and common courtesy - The tone and nuance of the inquiries generally indicate the sincerity, of the inquirer, or the want of it. To *M.* Bruen I will say I hope you will bear with your misfortune with as much composure as possible because so much depends on serenity and cheerfulness of mind and feeling for the preservation of life in your case. I sincerely wish I could be with you to *spirit* Augusta in her care of you. I hope it will not be many weeks before you will be able to travel and return us here where you can enjoy the presence of your whole family and many friends -- friends of whose affections you cannot doubt. - I saw John Howard to-day than whom you have no better or truer friend. He said I am just going to sit down to write to "Luth." -- I am spending all my time just now with the masons who are building our cellar walls. They are about half done. Albert Gardner called in an *our* more ago and said some Burglars entered M. Peirce Lard Oil office last night and with gun-powder blew off the lock of his safe; but found only about $3. -- Love to you both -- Samuel Forrer #Mother and Father, June 5th 1864#

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